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Wilson Footballs.

Wilson Footballs.

It’s nearly Superbowl Sunday, and it’s downright chilly in much of the country. When I grew up in Washington, winter was a time when the soil was damp, with the smell of rotting leaves, and often with the perma-damp texture of mud that freezes at night and thaws during the...
Tellason Jeans

Tellason Jeans

It’s hard to throw a good pair of jeans away.  How many other articles of clothing do we wear with gaping holes in them?  Shoes?  No.  Shirts?  Not likely.  Jackets?  Certainly not.  Most of my jeans are older than my children.  When you spend this much time with an article...
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Zildjian Cymbals.

I must admit, I have been excited about writing this post all day. Not only am I a drummer*, but I also think that Zildjian has a fascinating history. At fifteen generations, it is the oldest family-owned business in America. It all began nearly four hundred years ago… Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Tumblr...

Yeti Cycles (575 Enduro).

A few years back, my heart was broken when my beloved bicycle was stolen out of our back yard. For those of you who have experienced this, you know the feeling. I called the police. I found myself searching Craigslist for my bike, certain that someone was already trying to fence it. I looked suspiciously...

Slinky.

What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs, and makes a slinkety sound? If you were a child with a television in the second half of the twentieth century, you don’t need me to tell you. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell...

Burt’s Bees.

Burt’s Bees can trace its humble origins to Maine in the early 80s. Artist Roxanne Quimby was struggling to make ends meet with dead-end waitress jobs and amateur garage saling.  But the 80s were not this good to everyone.  Roxanne found her friend Burt in a parking lot selling honey off the tailgate of his...

Crayola.

While developing the world’s first dustless chalk, Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith realized that there was also a demand for an affordable crayon. In 1903, they introduced their first box of Crayola crayons. For a nickel, you could get a box of eight. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Tumblr it Tweet about it...

Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.

It was the dawn of a new century. Each day, more and more Americans were getting electricity in their homes. The miracle of electric energy and the conveniences it provided were being realized in the parlors of fine American homes. The people at the Hobart Manufacturing Company had been developing electric motors and attaching them...

Martin Guitars.

There is so much to read about this company. In the research that I have done, I don’t really even feel like I’ve scratched the surface. But in the reviews, testimonials, and guitar forums, this phrase keeps coming up: That Martin sound… That’s what everyone seems to be looking for. Digg this post Recommend on...

Sticky Fingers Bakeries Scone Mix.

I know what you are thinking.  “Scones?  Isn’t that an English thing?”  Well, it was.  Allow me to explain. Let’s take it back to 1987.  It was a more innocent time, when wars were Cold, the Nintendo NES was king, and Bon Jovi was livin’ on a prayer.  Fraternity brothers Thomas Owens and Ted Vogelman did what...

Nalgene Water Bottles.

I’m told that I don’t drink enough water.  It’s probably true.  Americans, however, buy a lot of bottled water. I did a little research and I don’t want to start citing figures (because there’s a fairly wide range), but we are talking tens of billions of bottles per year. The point is, if I am...

Red Wing Shoes.

One of the first times that I became aware of the value of investing in quality, was when my brother got a pair of Red Wing boots.  I can’t remember how or why he got them, but somehow I became aware that these boots were special. Did I have my own pair of boots back then?...

Green Toys.

As a parent of young children, I often find myself facing a mountain of plastic toys.  Actually, I am lucky if it is a mountain.  Usually, it looks more like a crime scene.  Luckily, with toys, children lose interest before the toy is worn out, and they can be easily passed off to other kids. ...

Fiestaware.

Homer Laughlin China was already an old company when they introduced the iconic Fiestaware in 1936.  I’d love to write something inspirational about how Fiestaware struggled against adversity for several years until finding its voice and winning the hearts of America, but that’s not true.  Fiestaware was successful almost immediately, selling over a million pieces...